Havering Council backs Brigade campaign for urgent action on faulty electrical goods

Published: Thursday, 14th September 2017

The Council is backing London Fire Brigade’s call for urgent action on faulty electrical goods such as dishwashers, fridge freezers, washing machines and more.

The Brigade’s Total Recall Campaign wants to see the Government act quickly on making it easier for consumers to check whether their appliances are on the product recall list and for businesses to step up and change how some white goods are manufactured to reduce their fire risk.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “While most large electrical goods work safely without incident, it is best we take precautions to ensure the safety of all residents, which is a priority. This is why we support the Brigade’s Total Recalls campaign to make it easier for our residents to protect themselves from the fire risk faulty large electric goods can cause.”

What you can do now if you are worried about your white goods:

  • If your fridge, washing machine dryer or any other appliance starts making a strange noise don’t ignore it. If you think there may be a problem with an electrical appliance that you own always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified appliance repair technician.
  • Do what you can to check whether an electrical product is subject to recall here: www.london-fire.gov.uk
  • Fit a minimum of one smoke alarm per floor and fit enough alarms to cover all areas where a fire could start, making sure they are tested regularly.
  • Plan how you would get out in the event of a fire in your home.
  • If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get out, stay out and call the Brigade immediately.
  • Make sure white goods are not positioned in escape routes so if they do catch fire they don't block your way out of the property.